Bob Schwier on 15 Aug 2009 11:29:53 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] floppy, originally stick drive that mounts as /dev/sda (or sdb....)

I suspect that my problem is in the BIOS but I have a Dell N100 with 
UBANTU 8.04 that refuses to acknowledge the floppy drive as a block
device.  It seems that the program diverts the fd/0 to /pts (sic) and
leaves me hanging.  Meanwhile the BIOS keeps resetting itself to contend
that there is no floppy drive.  The reason that I have the /pts (sic) is
that I don't precisely remember the initials as I unplugged the drive so
that my machine would start with some dispatch.  The reason for believing
it is in the  BIOS is that when the drive is plugged in, it takes longer
for the machine get off of the PowerSpec intro.
This seemed a good thread to ask this question on.

--- On Fri, 8/14/09, Matt Mossholder <> wrote:

> From: Matt Mossholder <>
> Subject: Re: [PLUG] stick drive that mounts as /dev/sda (or sdb....)
> To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
> Date: Friday, August 14, 2009, 11:02 AM
> Huh?  Are you referring to
> reading or writing?  I have never been able to read
> from, or write to, an unformatted floppy (with Linux or
> Windows), though I must
> admit it has been years since I touched
> one.
> Partition tables aren't required to access devices.
> Yes, you need to format, but you don't need to
> partition. Linux will happily lay a filesystem down on an
> unpartitioned device, and just as happily  mount it.
> Depending on how the mounting occurs, it may also be able to
> autodetect the filesystem type and mount it automatically.
>      --Matt
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